Born during the Prohibition era in 1920s America, the concept of the ‘speakeasy’ has endured much longer than anyone could have predicted. These mysterious yet glamorous hidden bars – normally accessed through weathered shop fronts, normal-seeming pizzerias or run-down launderettes – were originally envisioned as an outpost for illicit drinking, but have recently found a new 21st-century home in trendy European metropolises like Paris. Thanks largely to word of mouth, the concept has proven immensely popular with both in-the-know bobos and intrepid visitors craving a decent cocktail away from the tourist trail – often with the added bonus of glitzy dress codes, virtuosic jazz musicians and dazzling décors.
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